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Two arrested for robbing mainland prostitutes, stealing HK$29,000

Two men will appear in Eastern Magistrates' Courts on Thursday after they were arrested for robbing and stealing about HK$29,000 cash from two mainland prostitutes on two-way permits from late October to early November.
The first arrestee was a 36-year-old jobless man, suspected to be the mastermind of a crime syndicate targeting mainland prostitutes, while the second was a 40-year-old construction worker. They were arrested by officers in New Territories on Tuesday for robbery and theft.

In the robbery that occurred on October 26, a 24-year-old mainland woman met her client in a hotel on Kimberley Road in Tsim Sha Tsui but was threatened by the client, who was wielding a 12-inch-long fruit knife.

In another case, a 26-year-old prostitute found her cash missing after providing sexual services to a client in a Wan Chai hotel, suspected to be stolen by the client during the sex.

The loss in these two cases accumulated to about HK$29,000 and none were injured.

After investigations, the Wan Chai district crime squad said the duo had different tasks, like meeting up with young women online and standing guard when committing their crime.

Officers believed they targeted young mainland women arriving in the city on a two-way permit as they could only stay in Hong Kong for up to seven days and dared not to report any theft they may have encountered.

During the operations, officers also recovered some of the stolen cash, fruit knife, and clothes the arrestees wore. They believed they had smashed the syndicate for good.
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